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Issue 1: Witnessing

There’s something magical that happens when we bear witness. Without words or actions, a connection is made. Simply through our presence, we offer both recognition and affirmation of another’s struggles, achievements, even their existence. We do this just through standing by. Through holding space…

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“The guy in the beluga suit is the head of a group of artists whose aim is to transcend the species boundary between human and beluga…”      ~ Photographer Paul Colangelo     Read more »

Issue 1: Witnessing

There’s something magical that happens when we bear witness. Without words or actions, a connection is made. Simply through our presence, we offer both recognition and affirmation of another’s struggles, achievements, even their existence. We do this just through standing by. Through holding space…

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“The guy in the beluga suit is the head of a group of artists whose aim is to transcend the species boundary between human and beluga…”      Photographer Paul Colangelo     Read more »

How Stories form our View of the World

Photo by Tucker Good/Unsplash By Michelle Vander Wal The importance of a story to a child cannot be overstated. More important, even, is the child’s own story. Children love to hear the story of their birth or adoption. They ask over and over again to be told how...

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The Cultural Influences of Political Engagement

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov/Unsplash By Erica McCollum In Canada, like in all democracies, the health of our political system is dependent on how engaged citizens are in politics. Yet our participation rates over the last 20 years have been relatively low, often not...

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The Power of Poetry in South African Culture

Rural villages near Willowvale, Mbashe Municipality, South Africa. Photo by Emily McGiffin. By Emily McGiffin What does poetry do? The question is simple but contentious. Some claim that poetry, that art in general, doesn’t do anything, that it doesn’t need to, and...

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7 Cultural Tourism Destinations to Visit this Year

Compiled by Culturally Modified staff In this world of rapidly increasing globalization, it can feel like no place has been left culturally untouched by tourism. But those places remain. They often balance on the cusp between business-as-usual and...

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Liberian Beekeeping: Myth versus Science

Photo by Landis Wyatt, Universal Outreach Foundation By Landis Wyatt We arrived in Liberia in 2007 to help rebuild schools after a 14-year civil war decimated the county. We didn't realize at that time that our main focus would become training adults in beekeeping. In...

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Indigenous Education through Homeschooling

Photo by Carla Lewis Photography By Carla Lewis I had always planned to homeschool my eight-year-old son. Yet, when kindergarten rolled around, he decided he wanted to go to the local public school, where most of his friends were. The first morning went well. He was...

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Wade Davis Challenges your Worldview

The myriad voices of humanity are not failed attempts at being us; they’re unique answers to that fundamental question: what does it mean to be human and alive?  ~ Wade Davis When it comes to worldviews, there is perhaps no better perspective than that of Wade...

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Chief Na’Moks Reports to the UN

Witsuwit’en Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale), at left, stands with HapWilxsa (Kirby Muldoe) from the Gitxsan First Nation, centre, and Skil Hiilans (Allan Davidson) of the Haida Nation in Geneva in 2017. Photo courtesy John Ridsdale. By Amanda Follett Hosgood John...

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